Jim Wood, the CEO since 2014 of Meet AC, Atlantic City's convention & visitors bureau, will step down from his post at the end of 2019. According to the bureau, Wood is returning to Kentucky, where he previously served as president and CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau (now Louisville Tourism), to care for his wife following a bad fall she took earlier this year.
Wood has helmed Meet AC, which focuses on growing the meetings and convention market for the New Jersey gaming destination, since its launch five years ago. In 2015, Wood formed the Atlantic City Sports Commission as a department within Meet AC, attracting major sports industry events including, Northstar Meeting Group's Teams Conference & Expo 2016 and 2021. Another highlight of his tenure was hosting Meeting Professionals International's 2016 World Education Congress. Under his leadership, the city has seen year-over-year growth in the meetings and conventions industry; booking over 1.8 million room nights that had an approximate $1.9 billion economic impact on the destination.
In a release announcing his departure, Wood said, "It has been my pleasure to lead a great staff. The organization is in great shape for the future."
According to a CVB spokesperson, the board of Meet AC plans to launch a nationwide search for Wood's replacement; a timeline for the search has not yet been set.